Family video games – Christmas 2014 buyer’s guide

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2014 has seen the video game business continue to go from strength to strength.  With consoles such as Sony’s Playstation 4 having sold over 15 million units more and more family homes are making use of these to provide family entertainment.

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Video games provide a great activity for children and their families to enjoy sharing at home but many are not suitable for younger gamers.  Despite various aged certification on game boxes children are frequently being exposed to games that are not suitable for them to play.  What games are children allowed to play and which ones are they likely to want to play?

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Book review: The book with no pictures

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Picture books have very much monopolised the market of books for little people.  American author, comedian and screen writer B. J. Novak (of The American Office fame) is releasing a book for small children that breaks the convention of traditional children’s books with “The book with no pictures.”

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The book with no pictures is just as it’s title suggests, a book with no pictures.  This is potentially a hard sell to young children and early readers but the book is more than just words on a page.

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The trauma of seeing Father Christmas

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During the past week Moo has started talking about Christmas. We don’t know where she’s got the information from (she’s only 2 so we presume she can’t remember from last year) but it’s now very much on her mind.

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“Father Christmas down chimney bring presents”, “give him beer, reindeer eat carrots” and “Father Christmas says Ho, Ho, Ho.” are just some of the gems she comes out with.

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Nintendo Kids Club and Nintendo Extra

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Nintendo has recently launched a couple of new websites with children in mind; Nintendo Kids Club and Nintendo Extra.

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Nintendo Kids Club is a site built entirely for children to enjoy. It’s packed with games, puzzles, colouring, craft activities and the “Cat Mario Show”.

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Phonics fun with Biff, Chip And Kipper update

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Following my previous post of first impressions HERE we have continued to enjoy playing with Phonics fun with Biff, Chip And Kipper on our 2DS.

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Moo has played through the initial Stages 1 games and activities that focused on sounds and is now beginning on stages 1+ and 2 which are more focused on simple phonetic words such as “bug, Dad and pot.”

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Christmas present dilemma

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This year, and I’m sure in future years we find ourselves with a little problem when it comes to Christmas presents.

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Our eldest daughter is 2 and youngest is 6 months old. With Christmas approaching we’ve got to try to figure out sensible present buying strategies for both of them.
The problem comes mainly with what to buy our 6 month old. We already have lots and lots of toys and clothing for her that her sister has already enjoyed. At first we thought we should maybe just not really get her anything much for Christmas but we want her older sister to see that Christmas is for the whole family, including her baby sister.
We don’t really want to buy loads of unnecessary baby toys but still want her to have some presents just for her. Buying for the oldest always feels like a better purchase as it has potential to be enjoyed by all who follow.
Has anyone been through this before with siblings and trying to make sure that everyone is catered for? How did you manage this?

Read with your child: Guess how much I love you

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Read all of my posts of suggested books to read with your children HERE

Reading a story with your little ones before bed is the best thing EVER!!!  Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney is the perfect story to share before bed.

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Guess how much I love you tells the story of a young hare and his Dad preparing to go to bed.  As they settle down for the day just like many parents and children they exchange comments of loving one another.

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